PIERRE, S.D. –Tonight the Pierre City Commission passed a new ordinance to improve fire prevention in Pierre. The ordinance addresses outdoor fire places, fire pits and open burning.
“We’re adding best practices and common sense measures to our ordinance,” said Fire Chief Ian Paul. “Most people are already using safe practices; we’re catching our ordinance up with those modern practices.”
The new ordinance disallows any sort of open burning in city limits other than recreational fires. It also addresses how large fire pits can be, where they can be located, and the necessary equipment that must be on hand in the event the fire grows too large.
“We’re trying to prevent a home or a deck fire caused by a fire pit that doesn’t get extinguished completely or isn’t properly managed,” said Paul.
The ordinance also gives law enforcement and fire officials the authority to extinguish any fire that isn’t in compliance with the new ordinance.
Paul went on to say that the new ordinance does not apply to gas fire places and gas fire pits. They pose less risk than a wood burning fire because they are less likely to rekindle or throw embers.
The new ordinance is effective May 25.
To see full ordinance language, visit cityofpierre.org.